ARISE: Sexual and Gender Based Violence Support Services

What is ARISE?

ARISE (awareness response intervention support empowerment) is a program within the University of Cincinnati Counseling and Psychological Services that is designed to increase access to confidential on-campus mental health services for UC students who have been impacted by sexual violence. The ARISE program provides support for any UC student who has survived rape, sexual assault, harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual orientation or gender discrimination, and is seeking therapy to focus on the impact of sexual violence. A student in the ARISE program will receive mental health services at no cost. You do not need to report your experiences to the Title IX office or anyone else on campus to participate in the ARISE program.

ARISE Mission

Sexual & gender based violence can affect people in different ways, including negatively impacting a person’s well-being, mental health, and academic success. The ARISE mission is to address disparities in equal access to education by providing confidential mental health services at no cost to students impacted by gender based and sexual violence. The ARISE program is committed to supporting our Bearcat community by providing affirming and empowering mental health support for survivors of all backgrounds and identities. 

ARISE Services

A CAPS therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a plan for mental health support that best fits your needs. ARISE confidential mental health services can include:

  • Biweekly individual psychotherapy
  • Weekly trauma focused group therapy for survivors of sexual violence
  • Access to online self-help resources about coping with difficult emotions and experiences
  • 24/7 free confidential crisis phone line services: (513) 556-0648
  • Walk-in crisis counseling M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Connection to appropriate resources for education, advocacy, legal services, medical services, academic and housing accommodations.
  • Referral support if connection to a higher level of treatment or psychiatry services are needed. 

Getting Started

To get connected to CAPS services call (513) 556-0648 during our business hours (M-F 8:00 AM -5:00 PM) to schedule a consultation with a CAPS clinician. During this hour, your clinician will talk with you about your options and can help you decide if the ARISE program fits your current needs. Please let our staff know if you are in need of immediate support or are in crisis when scheduling your first appointment. If you’re not sure if counseling is right for you, drop-by Let’s Talk at one of our many campus wide locations to chat with a CAPS therapist about any questions you might have about therapy.  

Other Resources


  • UC Campus Advocates - Provides free confidential support and advocacy services including accompaniment and/or assistance in navigating any campus reporting.
  • Legal Aid - Provides free and confidential representation to victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking.
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners – Confidential registered nurses who provide forensic evidence collection at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 


  • Title IX Office – Conducts investigations into sexual misconduct on campus and provides supportive measures for students filing a Title IX report with the University of Cincinnati. Cannot provide confidentiality.
  • Crime Victim Service Coordinator - Provides free support and advocacy services including accompaniment and/or assistance in navigating any campus reporting, Title IX, judicial affairs or police process. Cannot provide confidentiality.
  • More information about these and other resources for survivors can be found at the UC SAFE website.

Outreach & Education

Recognizing that sexual violence prevention is a community responsibility, CAPS therapists also provide outreach services and coordinate with Student Wellness to support prevention based education to the UC campus.

To request CAPS’s support presence at an event or trauma informed response programming, please contact CAPS outreach coordinator at (513) 556-0648.

For requests for prevention based education on the topic of consent, bystander intervention, or supporting a friend impacted by sexual violence please use the Student Wellness website. 

Contact Information

Please feel free consult with CAPS ARISE Coordinator Elise Romines, PhD at (513) 556-0648 with any concerns or questions related to the ARISE Program.